TLP: Bitter, Party of One

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You have to think someone's worried to reach way back to Westward Expansion to make a (weak) political point. But, hey, the Democratic National Committee is paying Tim Kaine to do something.

Still, is this really the way to react to the Tea Party surge?

The Huffington Post:
"What we're seeing in the Republican Party is that they invited the Tea Party in and it's turning into the Donner Party, in some instances, because they're turning the energy and the ferocity against each other," said Kaine in response to a question by the Huffington Post, referring to the infamous group of 19th-century American pioneers who eventually had to turn to cannibalism to survive. He added that the divisions have given Democrats "some great opportunities in races that we wouldn't have absent the Tea Party candidates."
I don't know. My recollection is that the Donner Party waited until people were dead to eat them. Seems like this is something more like the Darwin Party, where the strong survive and the weak go home. Or whine like bitches.

And, hey, doesn't seem like it was that long ago that the Democrats complained incessantly that the GOP's "Big Tent" claim was bullshit. Maybe it was. Hard to make that argument now, even if the tent is full of party crashers.

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OldSouth said...

The GOP 'invited the Tea Party in'? Huh?

1. I'm not a Tea Party member, but I didn't realize I needed an official invitation to register as GOP voter. Silly me. I didn't get the memo.

2. The folks at RNC have reason to worry, as their gigs are about to go away after November, win or lose. I can't imagine they are feeling too welcoming to the Tea Party types.

Old South -

I thought "invited" was an odd construction, too, but coming from the head of the DNC, it makes perfect sense for him to try to make it seem like the GOP asked for all this ...

Doubtful from the outset and insane at this point.

I think Kaine is confusing the Tea Party with the Green Party and forgetting that most Tea Partiers are actually pissed off Republicans who would have voted Republican anyway.

Though it certainly doesn't have enough weight to stand as its own party, the defected Tea Partiers are certainly far more likely to be on the GOP's side if they are willing to demonstrate that they have their shit together.

Since we know that isn't going to happen, let's just assume that everyone who is full of shit is going to have plenty of free time on their hands and empty DC apartments to rent come November, regardless of party affiliation.

I didn't hear any Tea Partiers asking to be let in, if anything I heard them scratching on the GOP wall trying to claw their way out.